Important Probation Conditions to Follow

Important Probation Conditions to Follow

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Important Probation Conditions to Follow

In certain conditions, like when an individual is facing criminal charges for the first time, or the nature of crime is minor – the court can allow for probation, rather than giving a formal jail sentence. However, there are conditions for probation, which need to be understood and adhered to under Illinois (725 ILCS 5/) Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.


Probation Conditions in Illinois

If an individual commits a minor offense, they can fight for probation as a possible sentence. If you find yourself being falsely charged with a crime, or have grounds to seek probation, consult a competent criminal defense attorney to help you navigate this complex process and put yourself in the best possible position. If you are sentenced to probation, you’ll need to adhere to the following conditions, or run the risk of having your probation revoked.


  • Regularly report to your probation officer when called. Failure to show will constitute a probation violation,
  • Pay any fines and restitution as ordered by the court on time,
  • Purchase and use of firearms is prohibited,
  • Use of alcohol and drugs may be prohibited. If you fail a drug test, you will be in violation of your probation,
  • All state and international travels should be approved by the probation officer or court,
  • Breaking state laws such like speeding or running red lights is a probation violation,
  • Employers should be made aware of any probation,
  • It is also possible that all financial transactions and electronic communication are monitored,
  • Probation terms may require you to seek mental health counseling, or attain your high school diploma.

What Happens After a Probation Violation?

Because probation is a sentence, it is the responsibility of the probationer to ensure no violations occur. Positive community activity, attending counseling or attaining your high school diploma can reduce risks of rearrests and lead to permanent employment or a positive change in character. If you are found in violation of your probation, a violation hearing well be set to reassess your case. A judge will determine if your probation should continue or instead, you should be sentences to jail. If you fail to appear at your violation hearing, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Keep in mind – violating probation can also be considered a felony.

If you wish to know more about conditions of probation and defenses to seek probation, contact Michael D. Ettinberg & Associates at (708) 923-0368 to schedule a free consultation or speak with an experienced criminal lawyer.